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You should consider this tank bag if you are looking for a smaller, less intrusive tank bag than BMW's K1200S standard bag (- Part number: 71607691516) and BMW's K1200S tank bag without Navigator (- Part number: 71607691391):

Consider BMW's tank pouch for the K1200LT.



It is perfect for day trips, handy for storing your wallet, cell phone, house keys, and other items you want at easy access. It has a map pocket and rain fly and is very easy to take on and off. With minimal mods/ Velcro you can fit it to the Airbox/ Battery cover.



BMW of Santa Cruz has it as Part number: 71602342670 for $95.00.

I have both bags - BMW's K1200S tank bag without Navigator and the K1200LT tank pouch. I find the K1200S tank bag interfers with my arms and chest when I am riding. I've modified the bag mounts to move the bag forward and out of the way. But it is not a perfect solution.

The K1200LT tank pouch is perfect. It does not interfer with my riding. It is large enough to carry my cell phone, sun glasses, Plexus, first-aid kit with room to spare. And I can tuck my Garmin ETrex Vista in the map pocket. A rain fly is provided that gives full visability to the map pocket and makes it waterproof.

Its definately worth checking out.
 

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Wee bag...

I bought the large K1200S tank bag when I bought the bike in July and have ben very please with it. I used it in the expanded mode when I was aborad but at home I usually use it in its smaller mode for carrying the items you describe. Obviously even in its reduced mode there is plenty room to spare. I am interested in the pouch option as I have opted to leave the tankbag at home and just wear a "bum-bag" containing my sunglasses, a chamois for cleaning the visor, mobile phone, etc.

How doe the KLT pouch secure to your K1200S... does it use the KS mountings?
 

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I have also put away my standard bag for now. The standard bag will be great for a weekend trip sans hard bags.

You can easily attach the smaller tank pouch to the air box / battery cover via Velcro straps / adhesive strips:

- Sew Velcro straps at each corner of the pouch
- Attach two Velcro straps at the leading edge of the air box / battery cover by securing them below the cover using the two cover screws
- Affix the two Velcro adhesive strips provided by BMW with the pouch to the trailing corners of the air box / battery cover.

And your done! One-hour tops.
 

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Guys, if you already know this, I apologize. I'm not a shill for Big Mac, but the Big Mac Air Tankbag (cyclegadgets.com) is a good piece of gear. The mounting bracket keeps it free of the paint and you can easily flip it out of the way when refueling. They sell four or five sizes, and I have the second smallest. It's still plenty big for the stuff I carry: cellphone, iPOD, Mixi-It2, chargers and adapters, sunglasses, etc. I used to have the BMW tankbag but I didn't like the mounting straps rubbing against the paint.
 

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Regarding the Big Mac bag. Do you have it mounted on the K1200S? It looks like a great product but I would want to know that it fits the S. The new S is not listed in their application chart.
 

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Yes. I originally had it on my KGT, and when I sold the GT I sold the BMW tankbag along with it and kept the Big Mac 'cuz it's cleaner. The mounting bracket of the Big Mac mounts on the ring of the gas tank cover. Although it was designed for the KGT, it's a perfect fit on the S. And I can still see the GPS, which I have mounted with Gadget Guy's mount centered on my handlebars. If you need a picture let me know.
 

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Yes. I originally had it on my KGT, and when I sold the GT I sold the BMW tankbag along with it and kept the Big Mac 'cuz it's cleaner. The mounting bracket of the Big Mac mounts on the ring of the gas tank cover. Although it was designed for the KGT, it's a perfect fit on the S. And I can still see the GPS, which I have mounted with Gadget Guy's mount centered on my handlebars. If you need a picture let me know.
Is the gas tank ring/cover the same on KS/KR? I'm ordering my KR soon. I like the looks and concept of this bag.Good engineering. A picture would be great.

Lcgio
 

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I'll try to post a picture in the next day or so. I don't know about the R, I only know the S and the KGT and KRS have the same holes. I doubt the R is different, but the dealer could tell you. Cycle Gadgets is a good company, and I'm sure they'd give you a refund if you weren't happy.
 

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Another alternative is revpack which oddly enough is
cheaper from Aerostich than the mfg

http://www.aerostich.com/product.php?productid=16401&cat=278&page=1


Sure, the mounting isn't that elegant but it is secure, does not move around
even at high speeds at the track and won't scratch the paint with that big -ass
foam pad either.

 

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Accelerator,

You might hate moving the bag on fill ups, but it might be more of a pain to put on a rain cover for the Big Mac. The BMW bag is waterproof, I rode it through a downpour in the Colorado high country, and it worked like a charm. Just a thought if you commute in "Seahawk" country.
 

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I don't actually commute on the bike unless I know it's dry. I have been caught in the rain doing longer rides.

Thanks for the input.
 

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XLR8,

Like many I hate the idea of a tank bag ruining the finish on my bike. For years I did not use one for this reason. For my S I settled on a Big Mak.

Pluses:
Does not touch tank
Simple gas ups
Easy removal

Minuses
Sits high with ugly airspace below
Removal leaves even uglier bracket
Not waterproof. (no leaks noticed yet in heavy downpours, but never quite sure when my luck will run out)

Would I purchase it again. So far best option if you are the type of person who is fanatical about your bikes finish.

Only other option for those that suffer from factory paint perfection is the bag from twisted throttle. The only drawback I noticed from that system is the gas cap fixture requires removal of the bag at gas ups. I would in time drive off without my bag (and wallet, and cellphone, and other expenive and hard to replace items)
 

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Here's the Big Mac

If I did it correctly, you should see a couple photos of the Big Mac on my S. I have since gone to the bag that's the next size smaller than the one in the photos. It holds almost as much but doesn't interfere with my view of the Garmin 276C
 

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Bob,

Have you considered hanging rocket pods from that bird? Would be a lot more intimidating. If rockets would cause too much drag, maybe a 40mm gun? You could mark the speeders for the guys on the ground. Just a thought...

Marty
 

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Noticed your Remus. I am in the market after only 600 miles on my new KS. How's the performance gain and sound on the Remus
 

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It's hard to say if there's a performance gain. Even before the Remus I rarely twist the throttle enough to make the beast scream. The sound is better for sure, but mostly I got the pipe because I didn't like the size of the stock exhaust.
 

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I use the Marsee "4 point quick release" bags with great success on the previous RS and now the KS. As a matter of fact, I have two, one, 8 liter, for day trips, cap, cell, water, firearm, camera,Ipod, etc., and the other, tear drop for overnight. Both are expandable. No paint scratches. Great quality.
 

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Put a Remus "slip-on" on mine just to improve the appearance and it looks great. I have the Revolution CF with the baffle. The sound is typical Remus...deeper, richer but not too loud. It seems to be the loudest at idle and "throttling up" but at speed, not much difference.

Performance wise, no "real" difference except the bike seems to rev a bit easier-freeer. Idle is as smooth as stock but it makes the low speed surging more noticable, especially when the bike is cold. It's not a problem for me since I live where there is little traffic but in town riding would be annoying, especially if you do much below 3000rpm
 

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Tank bag

I have the Big Mac tank bag but have replaced it with the Speed Pac. It is a hard case and very sleek looking. I mount it backwards from the instructions with the hinge in front and the hydropack opening at the rear. It hinges forward which only makes sense to me. I drilled a larger hole in the back and placed a rubber gromet through which go the cables for the electronics. In the case I have transceiver for the autocom, CD player,and the amplifier for the Rhody 2 and CD player, ( I forget what it is called at the moment.) It has velcro straps which stick anywhere inside the case, a zippered net pocket inside the lid and plenty of room for the camelbak hydration system. It has dense foam rubber pads on the underside which has absolutely protected the paint surface on my KS . Not one scratch or blemish after 10,000 miles. Totally water proof and totally trick faux carbon fiber appearance with paint stripe. I have the blue and am going to repaint to match the blue on the blue/white S. It is not as fast to fill the gas tank as the the flip up Big Mac but only takes about 5 seconds to unbuckle the front strap and lay the Speed Pac on the seat and another 5 seconds to buckle it back . Very secure mounting and much lower and sleeker looking than the Big Mac. Cost $129.00. Order from aerostitch or directly from designer Jim Shook. Do a google search for Speed Pac and may find it cheaper. Holds as much as the Big Mac , maybe more.
 
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